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I’m Not M@d – Hanks Anuku Breaks Silence On Viral Video | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Jun 10, 2024

Hanks Anuku




By Fasanmi Abiola



Ace Nollywood actor, Hanks Anuku, has revealed how a viral video that falsely portrayed him as mentally unstable took a toll on his mental health.

The 64-year old also explained how the video ruined his acting career.

Recall In 2022, the actor was seen dressed in tattered clothes while roaming the streets and talking to himself, sparking speculations that he was mentally unstable.

Shortly after the video surfaced online, Shan George debunked the claim, saying Anuku is not insane as widely feared.

Despite a disclaimer from his colleague, Shan George, many, including filmmaker, Adanma Luke, insisted that the actor was mentally unstable, which led the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, launching an investigation into the matter.

Addressing the incident for the first time in a chat with content creator, Lucky Udu, Anuku revealed that the video was from a movie set.

He disclosed that it was circulated by people trying to tarnish his reputation

Anuku said he lost friends and money, adding that producers no longer contacted him for jobs.

He also reiterated that he was only trying to fit into the movie’s character which required him to be a mentally unstable man.

He added that the video caused him personal pain, stressing that he lost friends and left him heartbroken.

“I was trying to get into character for a role I was going to play, a madman role. Someone who was not in his correct senses or right frame of mind,” he said.

“So I had to go naturally visit the environment on how I would play it in that same neighborhood. I was just showing the way the director wanted me to do it, meditating and getting into character.

“I lost friends, producers no longer contacted me for jobs. I lost a lot of money, I lost jobs, I was jobless. People did not care about me. It was God who directed my footsteps to a good soul.

“I went through pain, if you were in my shoes you would feel it. I was heartbroken for these people to do this to me.”

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